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Costa Rica to Play Football in Iran - Is it Crazy?

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Costa Rica to Play Football in Iran - Is it Crazy?

Post Posted: Thu Feb 16, 2006 5:22 am

Question Almost a poll here Question
The national Costa Rican football team (soccer for Americans) is scheduled to play in Tehran, Iran on March 1st. Aside from :
a) the impending US - UN invasion (or threats at least)
b) rising nationalism/fanaticism from Muslim clergy in preparation for the possibility of that invasion
c) the basic uproar against the west regarding the Mohammed cartoons

There was recently a new element added to the general atmosphere. A German newspaper published a cartoon of the Iranian football team warming up. Only instead of sweat suits they had suicide bomber jackets on! So I think all of the previous factors will just heighten the normal frenzy over the soccer team and that the fans and the team will be out for blood.

The "officials" in charge of the Costa Rican team don't seem to be worried. In the local papers they were quoted as saying "We have gone to other countries in similar situations and we have never had any problem", pointed out José Joaquín Aguilar, of the Selections Commitee.

Costa Rica Team - No Fear

I don't recall Costa Rica playing in Iraq before the 2002 World Cup, but maybe he is talking about Panama before the Noriega ouster??

I agree that if they survive they should have no fear about playing Germany in the World Cup opener!!!

As an international, objective audience, do you think they will be safe? Or should they all take out life insurance? Shouldn't the team officials be a little more .... responsible? concerned? By the way, it's not like this friendly has been planned for years in advance, it was only finalized recently -- after all the concern about Tehran's nuclear program surfaced. Gee, amazing the Irani team was having a hard time finding friendlies too Rolling Eyes


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Re: Costa Rica to Play Football in Iran - Is it Crazy?

Post Posted: Tue Feb 28, 2006 8:03 pm

Guess we will find out today. Cant see it being a problem though. Just hope the result is good and you kick the Germans ass in the World cup.

 

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Re: Costa Rica to Play Football in Iran - Is it Crazy?

Post Posted: Wed Mar 01, 2006 12:27 am

Yes, the match is less than 24 hours away, so we will know shortly.

Update: A local paper ran an editorial against the Costa Rican team playing, more for political reasons than safety concerns.

Another paper ran this information:

PSYCH WAR

When the Tricolor contends with Iran in Tehran it will put an exclamation point on what some Iranis are calling a psychological war.

A few days ago, a government spokesperson accused "The West" of launching a psych war against Iran's national team.

According to an ISNA news wire, the leader Gholan-Huessein Elham affirmed that the refusal of westerners to play friendly international matches with Iran is a psychological war, and the purpose is to isolate Iran before the world.

Prior to negotiating a friendly with Costa Rica, Iran failed to find any team willing to face its all stars, because of the government's refusal to put an end to its nuclear program, according to officials.

Countries such as Rumania, the Ukraine, promised to play but backed out of friendlies in the Azadi stadium. Spain also said no, thank you. Belarussia, Colombia, Turkey and Switzerland have all been asked to play, but have not replied.

So tomorrow's match may be Iran's final warm up in preparation for the World Cup.


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Re: Costa Rica to Play Football in Iran - Is it Crazy?

Post Posted: Wed Mar 01, 2006 5:14 am

Politics and sport Blaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. Sport brings people together. The politicians try to use sport to serve their own wants. Big up to CR for playing there.
I of course am not suggesting that playing football will solve the problem, but not playing football wont solve it either.
Keep sport and politics seperate.
We are fed so much rubbish by the press/goverment and unfortunatly a lot of people believe it all. One of the many reasons I dont want to be in this country any longer.
End of rant.
Anyone care to guess which country I live in??

 

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Re: Costa Rica to Play Football in Iran - Is it Crazy?

Post Posted: Tue Mar 07, 2006 3:22 pm

Well the final score was Iran 3, Costa Rica 2.
The match played in Tehran was dominated by the persian team during the first 35 minutes, Costa Rica was getting slaughtered when they started to make a comeback but by the time the clock stopped in the second half they were unable to tie the score.

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Re: Costa Rica to Play Football in Iran - Is it Crazy?

Post Posted: Wed Mar 08, 2006 12:14 am

Everyone made it back home OK. I guess if you get your butts kicked in the first half the fans don't have any problems with you!

Wink

In the end I think it was good that Costa Rica played, it does show that you can "Keep sport and politics seperate. "

As an American, I think the US tends to go overboard with boycotts and hype, for example renaming French Fries and French Toast, in the cafeterias. It is nice to live in a country that is able to put politics aside and get on with what really matters ... The World Cup!


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